It’s that time of year when the urge to freshen up your home and wardrobe takes hold. What better way to find that unique addition than exploring Melbourne’s markets this spring?
Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne
The much-loved Wednesday Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne returns to the Parkville campus each year following the winter semester break. Head down each with your reusable shopping bags ready for a bounty of fresh local fruit and veg.
The Finders Keepers Spring/Summer Market
Established in Melbourne in 2010, Australia’s biggest design market has since expanded to Sydney and Brisbane. The Finders Keepers Spring/Summer Market is returning to Melbourne for three glorious days with over 270 local designers and artists from Melbourne and around Australia. Shop for everything from bowls to bow ties, then browse some more after refuelling at the food trucks and stalls, coffee stations and bars. 18-20 October.
The District Makers Market
Brought to you by Fitzroy’s famous Rose Street Market, Docklands’ own arty-crafty market offers an ever-changing line-up of creative, colourful, tasty stalls. From jewellery and homewares to artisanal produce, delightful discoveries await on the last Sunday of every month at The District Makers Market. Each market day puts extra focus on a theme: kids on 29 September, plants on 27 October, and doggies on 24 November. Plus there are free workshops and entertainment, with everything undercover.
Hawker 88 Night Market
Goodbye Winter Night Market, hello Hawker 88 Night Market! Enjoy the tastes, scents, sights and sounds of Asia, including live music and cultural experiences. Go shopping for weird and wonderful treasures, and discover street food from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, China, Japan and more. Themed nights include the Malaysia Durian Night Market Festival on 25 September. Spice up your Wednesdays, 5-10pm from 18 September to 23 October.
Docklands Sunday Market
Stroll by the water and get a fresh perspective on Melbourne at the Docklands Sunday Market. Looking for recycled designer kids clothes? Locally made kaftans and semi-precious gems? Just want to amble along with coffee and Village Bakery delights? You got it. After winter’s fortnightly schedule, the market springs back into weekly mode from September.
Held on the third Sunday of each month, and celebrating its fifth birthday this year, Kensington Market reflects the vibrant local community. You’ll find over 70 stalls offering everything from fresh produce and fashion to visual art, food, coffee, live music and kids activities. It’s all undercover at the refurbished Kensington Town Hall over three Sundays in spring. 15 September, 20 October and 17 November.
Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
Whether you’re seeking treats and treasures for him, her or you, try the ever-popular Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market. Gathering more than 80 arty, crafty and tasty stalls, it has become a weekend institution. From silk scarves to decadent nougat, everything is handmade locally.
Chinatown Market Day
Did you know there’s a street market in Chinatown every second and fourth Saturday? This Heffernan Lane takeover kicks off in the late afternoon, but as the sun sets it feels like an Asian hawker market. Lights and lanterns start to glow, and the sights, sounds and scents of Chinatown Market Day food stalls excite the senses.